Middle School Science Projects (635 results)

Science Buddies' middle school science projects are the perfect way for middle school students to have fun exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our middle school projects are written and tested by scientists and are specifically created for use by students in the middle school grades. Students can choose to follow the science experiment as written or put their own spin on the project.

For a personalized list of science projects, middle schoolers can use the Science Buddies Topic Selection Wizard. The wizard asks students to respond to a series of simple statements and then uses their answers to recommend age-appropriate projects that fit their interests.

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Imagine if instead of spooning up a bowl of soup, a container of yogurt, or a cup of pudding you could just pick up and pop in your mouth a round, mess-free, ball-like blob of one of those. It might feel like snacking rather than eating a meal! In this food science project you can try exactly that. The simple step-by-step directions will lead you through trying a fun cooking technique called reverse spherification to turn yogurt into semi-solid balls, which are called "raviolis." How do… Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability Chemicals need to be specially ordered. Specialty items may be purchased from our partner Home Science Tools. See the Materials section for details.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Adult supervision may be needed for using a blender. All chemicals in this science project are safe to use (they are common food additives).
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If you were in a raiding army in the Middle Ages, a catapult would come in mighty handy for taking down castle walls. But only if you could aim it reliably! With this science project, you will try your hand at catapult technology. Using a rubber-band-powered catapult you will send ping pong balls flying through the air. The catapult's design makes it easy to measure and repeat how hard the ball is launched and its direction, so you can find the right catapult settings to hit the target reliably. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability A kit is available from our partner Home Science Tools. See the Materials tab for details.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Do not aim the catapult at breakable objects or people; minor injury possible.
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You have probably heard about using renewable energy sources like wind and solar power to provide electricity to homes and buildings, as well as hybrid or fully electric cars that use less (or zero) gasoline. But what about solar-powered robots? As robots become more common, it is increasingly important to use "green" energy sources to power them. In this project, you will build and test a popular robot called a bristlebot — a tiny robot made using toothbrushes—that can operate… Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability A kit containing all the electronics parts needed for this project can be found in a kit from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety No issues
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Lights and music make a great combination! Getting sound and lights to complement each other just right helps set the mood for everything from DJ parties and concerts, to theater shows, the circus, and ballet performances. You can put together your own lights and music show using the Raspberry Pi Projects Kit. Check out the video to see what this simple, but fun, project looks like: … Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability This project requires a Complete Raspberry Pi Projects Kit, available from our partner Home Science Tools. The kit can be used to do seven other projects.
Cost Very High (over $150)
Safety No issues
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Have you ever played a game that tested the steadiness of your hands? Operation® is a popular board game that requires you to perform "surgery" without bumping a tool against the edges of the game. There are also popular amusement park or carnival games where you try to move a metal loop along a wavy metal wire without letting the two touch. You can build your own version of these games using the Raspberry Pi Projects Kit. Check out the video to see what this simple, but fun,… Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability This project requires a Complete Raspberry Pi Projects Kit, available from our partner Home Science Tools. The kit can be used to do seven other projects.
Cost Very High (over $150)
Safety No issues
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Picture this situation: An elderly woman is rushed to the hospital complaining of severe abdominal pain, tinnitus, and lethargy. Suspecting a drug interaction, the emergency room doctor starts questioning her. The doctor learns that the woman takes no medicines except aspirin for her arthritis. Since she cannot swallow pills well she takes a powdered form of aspirin which she buys in bulk and keeps in a plastic container in her kitchen next to her baking goods. She had just finished a day… Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Material Availability A kit containing specialty items needed for this project is available from our partner Home Science Tools. See the Materials tab for more details.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety Wear disposable gloves when working with chemicals.
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Have you tried our first and second play dough circuits projects? Are you a master circuit artist, ready to try something even bigger and better? Try this project to see if you can build a three-dimensional light-up sculpture. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites This project requires understanding the Introduction material in the first projects in this series: Light Up Your Play Dough! and Add Even More Lights
Material Availability Kit available for purchase from our partner Home Science Tools. See Materials tab for details.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Never connect the battery pack's terminals directly to each other; this is called a short circuit and can make the batteries and wires get very hot. Do not connect the LEDs directly to the battery pack without using play dough; this will burn out the LEDs.
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Did you know that throwing, kicking, and punting a football all involve the science of projectile motion? A star NFL® quarterback, kicker, and punter each need to have a very good understanding of how a football moves through the air in order to help them win games. In this science project, you will set up a rubber band-powered catapult to represent a field goal kicker, and study how changing the distance from the goalposts affects how hard it is to accurately kick a field goal. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability This science project requires a kit available from our partner Home Science Tools. See the Materials section for details.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety Never launch projectiles at people, animals, or anything fragile. Be careful not to get your fingers caught in moving parts of the catapult.
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Have you ever heard about different blood types? Do you know what your blood type is? Antibodies help scientists determine different human blood types. This project is a practical introduction to the human immune system in which you will learn about what antibodies are, how they are formed, and how they can be used to identify different types of cells. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability A kit containing specialty items is needed for this science project from our partner Home Science Tools. See the Materials tab for more details.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety No issues
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Physicists sometimes study matter under extreme conditions. For example, think of the emptiness of interstellar space vs. the unimaginable crush of pressure at the center of a neutron star, or an object dipped in liquid nitrogen vs. the tiles on the space shuttle during re-entry. Here's an experiment on permanent magnets in "extreme kitchen" conditions that you can try at home. Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability A kit is available from our partner Home Science Tools. See the Materials section for details.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Adult supervision highly recommended. Use proper caution when transferring or holding magnets at extreme temperatures. See the Procedure for details.
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